Oklahoma bill would create penalty schedule for overweight trucks

| 1/22/2009

Drivers of overweight vehicles would face increased fines depending on just how heavily the trucks are loaded, under a bill filed in the Oklahoma Senate.

Sen. Susan Paddack, D-Ada, has again offered legislation for consideration during the upcoming regular session, which would establish seven stages of penalties for vehicles or combinations of vehicles in excess of the gross weight limitations.

In 2008, her bill advanced from the Senate by unanimous consent but missed a deadline to advance from a House committee, effectively killing it for the year.

The renewed effort specifies that trucks found to be overloaded by 700 pounds to 2,000 pounds would face fines of 3 cents for every pound overweight. Violations for trucks weighing between 2,001 pounds and 5,000 pounds more than allowed would face fines of 5 cents per pound.

Fines for trucks found 5,001 pounds to 7,500 pounds overweight would increase to 7 cents per pound. Trucks weighing between 7,501 pounds and 10,000 pounds in excess would face fines of 9 cents per pound.

Violations for trucks weighing between 10,001 pounds and 12,500 pounds more than allowed would be fined 11 cents per pound. Fines would increase to 13 cents per pound for weight violations ranging from 12,501 pounds to 15,000 pounds.

Any trucks found to be 15,001 pounds or more in excess would face fines of 15 cents per pound.

The bill – SB391 – is awaiting assignment to committee for the session that begins Feb. 2.

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– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor